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Congressman Jim Bridenstine Supports Commercial Space


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Washington, May 21, 2015 | Sheryl Kaufman, Communications Director (202-225-2211) | comments

Congressman Jim Bridenstine contributed significantly to the SPACE Act passed today in the House of Representatives. H.R. 2262, the Spurring Private Aerospace Competitiveness and Entrepreneurship (SPACE) Act, passed on a bipartisan vote of 284 to 133.


“The commercial space industry is among the most innovative in this country,” said Congressman Bridenstine. “We reap the benefits of their leadership every day through products such as Google Maps, weather forecasts, and the delivery of phone, internet, and television service. Further, the commercial sector has proven itself adept at providing launch capabilities for private and government customers at an increasingly reliable, frequent, and cost-effective rate, saving the taxpayers countless dollars.”


The SPACE Act:

  • Extends the “learning period” for commercial human spaceflight through 2025 by placing a moratorium on regulations that could severely hinder the growth of this industry.
  • Extends third-party indemnification through 2025 in order to keep the United States in a competitive position to host launches.
  • Clarifies that an experimental permit and launch license may be held for the same vehicle design in order to allow testing and launches to occur in tandem.
  • Ensures that federal courts have jurisdiction over lawsuits resulting from space launch and reentry accidents to prevent “venue shopping.”
  • Affirms that asteroid resources obtained in outer space are the property of the entity that obtained those resources to give certainty to companies who undertake these ventures.


As a member of the Science, Space, and Technology Committee, Congressman Bridenstine has become recognized as a leader on space issues. The SPACE Act contained several provisions developed by Congressman Bridenstine including the entirety of his bipartisan bill H.R. 2261, the Commercial Remote Sensing Act of 2015 introduced with Congressman Ed Perlmutter (D-CO).


Congressman Bridenstine: “The SPACE Act is critically important to the future of American space leadership, and I am proud to support this legislation.”

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